Triathletes buy a lot of stuff. Some triathletes don't like Trump. I'm not sure exactly of the statistics on that one but triathlons lend themselves to doing plenty of travel and an appreciation of different countries and cultures. Triathletes also enjoy a protected natural environment and clean air.
Here's a guide on products and brands you might want to support or avoid if you're not on the Trump train.
CEO is a real Trump fan! He has described Trump as "an asset to the country" and has even implied support for the wall. Under Armour makes shoes, running apparel and sports bras and have in the past made triathlon shorts. They are a major sponsor of Australian Ironman champ Chris McCormick.
A popular fitness tracking app (you might know it as MapMyRun or MapMy Ride) was acquired by Under Armour in 2013. You might want to delete your account and app and use the (also much better IMHO) Strava instead.
You might train in New Balance shoes and wear their running shorts and socks. This one is a bit more of a grey area. New Balance started the controversy in November 2016 when they supported Trump's proposal to tear up the Trans Pacific Partnership (as they have U.S. based factories). It was taken by some as an endorsement of Trump and wasn't helped when a white supremacist website site voiced their support.
Often travelling to destination events far from home, travel is always a big expense for triathletes. Obviously you won't be staying in a Trump hotel but you also want to avoid his new cheaper option, Scion Hotels.
If you shop online for a pair of shoes or a GPS watch, you might want to avoid these two that still sell Ivanka and Trump products.
You've probably heard of Trump and Kellyanne Conway calling out Nordstrom for dumping Ivanka Trump's clothing line. But wait, what has Nordstrom got to do with triathletes? I can attest personally to have bought quality brand name running shoes from there for a steal! I've also seen running shirts and shorts.
Athleta, Patagonia, REI, Arc'teryx
The #grabyourwallet campaign started this consumer resistance campaign and has been responsible for many companies pulling Trump related products off their shelves. 100% Trump free retailers, that carry brands and equipment popular with triathletes, are on that list. Patagonia and Arc'teryx have also been pushing back hard on Trump's anti-environment policies and both have some great trail running gear.
Update 2/10 - Skinfit CEO want you to know they are Trump safe to buy via this tweet .
Seasoned ultra-runner Adam Blum reviews the Woodside 50K. An early season hit out for him. He placed 3rd of the 50+ age group despite a wrong turn. Results.
Photo Credit: Chasqui Runner
Woodside 50K - Woodside, CA. January 1, 2017 (reviewer: Adam Blum)
Overall - ★★★★☆
A true Bay area classic and one which I have run various distances on over the past 13 years.
Registration - ★★★★★
$80. Keeps it under my rule of thumb of no more than $3 per mile. It's also on UltraSignup. Doesn’t get much easier.
Swag - ★★★★☆
Nice ceramic coaster for finishing the ultra. Really nice tech T-shirt. Upgrade over old PCTR shirt.
Course - ★★★★☆
Huddart and Wunderlich Parks are amazingly beautiful and lush.The course is however quite a bit short. Friends finished in under 29 miles. I did over 50K for at least a couple extra miles. Although I have done this race several times I still missed the last turn to the finish as the turn ribbon was obscured by a car. The guy in front of me (I was chasing down the #2 50+ guy) said at the end that he almost missed the turn but his spectating girlfriend directed him the right way.
Post-Race Feed - ★★★★★
Sliders and soup bar. Beer. Doesn’t really get much better. Way to go RD. Maybe some craft brews next time? But that’s really quibbling.
Prizes / Results - ★★★★☆
Bottle opener for placing third in age group. Nice. Results were online after a day.
Guess what? Bollé, renowed sunglasses manufacturer, turns out helmets too. Makes sense. In the case of many time trial helmets now sunglasses are integrated completely.
The first noticeable thing is the lack of vents. Until you realize the two panels easily detach and it becomes a fully ventilated helmet. That's not the only interesting knick-knack. There's an inner winter shell, and detachable safety light and a mountain bike visor.
Other than that it didn't seem more or less comfortable or aerodynamic than others I've tried but thanks to the add-on it's a winner for versatility. MSRP $169.99.
For years my athletes have received their training plans and tracked their workouts using the TriLog. It provides an easy-to-use weekly overview of your training allowing you to input swim, bike, run distances and times. Sharing it with your coach, you can give further detail on your training, physical and mental health so they can better understand your fitness.